Democrats fear Hillary Clinton's 'dark energy'

politics | Aug 23, 2015 | By Martin Barillas

Pressure among Democrats appears to be mounting to draft Vice President Joseph Biden as the party’s presidential nominee as a replacement for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Prominent among them is California Governor Jerry Brown, who told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ that Biden should give "very serious consideration" to a presidential bid. Brown said Clinton’s email problems bear a "dark energy" that is weighing down her campaign. "It is almost like a vampire. She is going to have to put a stake...in the heart of these emails," Brown said. When asked if Biden should run, Brown said, "You are asking me presidential advice. All I can say is if I were Hillary, I would say don't jump in. If I were Joe Biden, I would probably give it very serious consideration." 
 
“All I can say is, if I were Hillary, I would say [to Biden], 'Don't jump in.' If I were Joe Biden, I'd probably give it very serious consideration," he said in an interview that aired on August 23. 
 
Clinton’s early lead in the polls has decline by nearly half since June in the midst of the continuing bubbling questions about her use of a private email server and her handling of the incidents in 2013 at Benghazi, Libya, that led to the death of the American ambassador and three other Americans.
 
Chatter among Democrats and observers of politics that Biden should run has only increased, just as Biden’s apparent interest has been piqued. According to various reports, Biden has talked to his advisers and potential donors earlier this month.
 
Even while Clinton’s current approval rating, according to the Gallup organization, stands at 45%ly has seen her lead in polls of the Democratic field shrink by nearly half since June, amid the continuing controversy surrounding her use of a private email account and server while serving as Secretary of State.
 
According to the Gallup polling organization, Democrats' overall opinions of the major Democratic candidates have changed little since June. Clinton currently remains the most popular, with a net favorable score of +60, which is essentially where she stood in July. Sen. Bernie Sanders is the next best-liked candidate, with a net favorable stable at +29. There was no measurement for Biden.
 
Nonetheless, Brown said that another candidacy could unseat Clinton. "I don't make these expectations. I've been around politics long enough to know that, you know, that things are uncertain. I don't know." He averred that Clinton’s email practices are troubling. "The email thing, it has kind of a mystique to it," he said. "You know, an email is just an utterance in digital form. But it has some kind of dark energy that gets everybody excited […] it's almost like a vampire." He added, "She's going to have to find a stake and put it right through the heart of these emails in some way."
 
Apparently signaling some advice to the embattled fellow Democrat, Brown offered that the email issue has “a certain buzz that keeps buzzing," and that it is a "big deal," even though he does not know why. "She'll have to use her best imagination and adroitness to deal with it," he said of Clinton.
 
Turning his analysis to Republicans, Brown sought to analyze Donald Trump. "If I had $10 billion, I'd probably be a lot more confident of myself than I am," said Brown. "Maybe his money breeds a certain amount of confidence that bleeds over into disdain and the kind of performance that he's rendering." Brown recalled that he once flew on Trump’s private jet, where he admired a painting by Renoir that was a bulwark of the plane. 
 
Other Democrats offered opinions on Biden. Among them was former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley – who is trailing both Clinton and Sanders in the polls – who averred that he has a "great deal of respect" for Biden. "It would be nice to have at least one more lifelong Democrat in the race," said O’Malley while speaking with George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s This Week. O’Malley’s comment appeared to be directed at Sanders, an Independent with Socialist leanings, who caucuses with the Senate Democrats.
 
Bill Richardson, a former Democratic presidential contenders, said on ABC's "This Week" that he would endorse Clinton in her bid to win the November 2016 presidential election, but said Biden would be a formidable candidate if he enters.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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